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Our Response to COVID-19

Aurum has supported South Africa’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic by drawing on the skills and expertise from the Group structure; the Institute, Aurum Innova, Global Health : Innovations (GHI), The Centre for HIV and AIDS Prevention Studies (CHAPS) and Youth Health Africa.

We’re working towards expanding the body of knowledge on this new disease. We have a large team made up of experts who inspire confidence in Aurum’s capability to contribute meaningfully to the fight against COVID-19.
Aurum staff based at health facilities have been tracing, screening, and testing people for the virus in communities and at roadblocks. Medical doctors who are infectious diseases specialists and clinical advisors, have been supporting clinicians at the coalface of the pandemic through the National Institute of Communicable Diseases (NICD) helpline. There are several innovative research projects including clinical trials on treatments which have shown promise; investigations around contact tracing and surveillance; health worker contact; the knowledge, attitudes and practices on prevention during the lockdown and work supporting convalescent patients in home isolation. We are also providing food parcels and PPE and implementing innovative infection prevention solutions such as the Shesha-Geza hand washing station.

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